When I started couponing one of the obstacles that I had to overcome was fear and embarrassment and paranoia. YES..there is a lot of psychology that happens when you start couponing, especially when you are just starting out, which is why I recommend starting off with a few small deals. Do not feel like you need to go out and do a shopping trip like you see on TV. The more deals you do, the more comfortable you will get and you can work your way up to the bigger deals. In the meantime, here are a few things to know before going out to the store:
1. Know your store’s coupon policy – In my experience, you cannot rely on the cashier or even the manager for that matter to know the coupon policy. Read and re-read your stores coupon policy so you know how to coupon within the store’s guidelines. Pro Tip – Take a copy of the store’s coupon policy with you to the store for back up.
2. Bring a Shopping List – I recommend starting off by writing down each of the deals you plan to do at the store. OR, you can also use the printable shopping lists available on this site. Having your list and deals written down will help you while in the store to keep you organized and alert you should anything be off, once you go to the checkout.
3. Check your receipt – Once you leave the store, always make sure to check your receipt for errors. If something is off, you can bring it right over to the customer service desk and have them answer your question or fix an error.
4. I’d love to see some of your shopping trips! If you are just starting out, feel free to take a picture of your shopping trips and send it to me at [email protected]. I’ll post it on the Saturday edition of Share Your Shops!
Bonus Tip: If you are brand new to couponing and don’t have a whole lot of coupon inserts from the past months, use the Top 10 Printable Coupon Deals at Walmart (updated on Tuesdays) & Top 10 Printable Coupon Deals at Target (updated on Thursdays) to get started!